How to test for overweight or obesity?
If the BMI of an individual falls in the overweight range (>23 kg/m2), doctors will review their comprehensive health history, suggest an obesity diagnosis check, carry out a physical examination, and recommend weight loss activities. These tests usually include: • Health History: Doctors normally review the weight history of the patient, weight loss efforts, eating patterns, exercise habits, medications, past medical conditions, stress levels and other factors that may contribute to obesity. Also, the health history of the patient’s family is considered. • Physical Examination: Such examinations normally include measuring the person’s height, weight, waist circumference, mapping heart rate, breathing pattern and blood pressure levels. • BMI: Body mass index or BMI helps indicate the level of obesity. It even determines the overall health risk and the kind of treatment that’s necessary to cure the problem of overweight BMI. • Blood Examination: A few common blood tests include liver function test, thyroid test, fasting plasma glucose, and serum cholesterol tests.
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